How Often Should You Paint the Outside of a House?

Depending on how your house was made, the local weather and the type of paint you’re using, you’ll probably need to repaint the outside of your home every 5-10 years.

That’s because the paint on the outside of your home is one of the best defenses it has against the sun, rain and elements. Painting your home can be a big investment of both time and money, so it’s important to use paints that match your cladding materials and the types of weather you experience in your area. For instance, timber cladding needs to be repainted more often, and Gold Coast painters typically use specialty paints designed to stand up to the salty coastal air.

In this article we’re going to discuss how often you should paint the outside of your home, and we’ll look at a few things that can affect the lifespan of your paint job

The Cladding Material

The paint on the outside of your home will perform very differently depending on your cladding materials. There is no set timeframe that applies to every house, and factors like the local weather can have a big impact on how long paints last on certain cladding materials.

As a guide, you can expect to repaint the following materials at regular intervals:

  • Wood Cladding. Timber siding materials will need to be repainted every 5-7 years. High quality paint will greatly extend the lifespan of timber siding, but you can also get more from a paint job by keeping the cladding clean.
  • Aluminium Cladding. While aluminium cladding is tough, the hard surface typically needs to be repainted every 5 years. You’ll need to use primer to cover any exposed metal when repainting aluminium siding.
  • Brick veneer. One of Australia’s most common cladding materials, bricks need to be repainted every 15-20 years, depending on the paint that was used.
  • Cement Fibreboard. Popular with modern builds and renovations, cement fibreboard siding needs to be repainted every 10-15 years.

Some exterior house paints are specially formulated to adhere to certain types of cladding materials. Matching your paint selection to the cladding material extends the life of your paint and keeps your home looking better for longer.

The Quality of the Painting Work

While paints are made from simple ingredients, the formulation of exterior-grade house paints has come a long way in a short time. Modern exterior paints can be rated to last for decades, but older paints might only hold up for a handful of years. If you’re repainting your home, we always recommend investing in the highest quality paints, tools and equipment you can find. A lot of work goes into painting an entire house, so the longer your paint job lasts, the better.

Similarly, the quality of the painting work affects the lifespan of the paint job. Always be sure to follow manufacturer directions when it comes to preparing and applying exterior-grade paints. Mistakes like improperly cleaning the walls or applying the paint incorrectly can shave years off its lifespan, even if you’re using high quality products.

How Has Your Paint Weathered?

No matter how long your exterior paint is expected to last, the quality of the painting work, the weather in your area and a range of other factors can affect its lifespan. When deciding whether it’s time to paint the outside of your home, you’ll need to inspect the property and look for signs of weathering and other wear and tear.

There are a few common signs that your paint is starting to weather and break down:

  • The colours are fading
  • The surface feels chalky
  • Paint is peeling or cracking
  • Caulk and sealants are becoming hard and brittle
  • Mildew and mould are starting to grow on the walls

The weather in your local area will have a major impact on how long paint products last. In areas with hot weather and high UV indexes, exterior paints break down much faster. Similarly, Gold Coast painters usually find that homes which experience heavy rainfall, harsh storms or salty coastal air may need to be repainted sooner than others.

In these areas it’s important not to put off painting your home when it needs to be done. Not only can the elements damage the paint, they can wreak havoc on the timber, metal and cement materials that make up your home. Repainting your house on time can save you big over the long-term, and it means your home will look fantastic for years to come.

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